tonight on "nightline" -- super bowl under cover. it's the biggest party of the year with 250,000 fans swarming indianapolis. what's so scary about that? well, we follow the law enforcement team, as they're out there tonight, looking for pick-pockets, prostitutes and bad guys with bombs. tebow unplugged. he's not playing sunday. but he's the quarterback everyone is talking about. tim tebow gets personal, about his faith, his family and football. and hangover helper. the losing team won't be the only one feeling the pain monday morning. meet one man who claims he has the cure for morning-after
misery. a special super bowl edition of "nightline," starts right now. >> announcer: from the global resources of abc news, with cynthia mcfadden and bill weir in new york city. and terry moran in washington. this is "nightline," february 3rd, 2012. good evening. i'm terry moran. let's talk football and security. it's got the makings of a spy movie. undercover officers, giant x-ray machines. bomb squad robots and emergency response aircraft. all partrt of an incredibly elaborate security apparatus designed to protect a colossal event, the super bowl in indianapolis, this sunday. where tens of thousands of fans are already gathered. here's abc's senior justice correspondent, pierre thomas. >> reporter: it's a week-long party on the streets of indianapolis. this night, kevin stickford and his dog are not the only ones looking for trouble. kevin and sonya are the few who
are not here to party. they're members of a special unit called a hit team. it may look random. the leader of the team is very precise in what he was looking for. i noticed when you were coming down here, you were very targeted in some of the things you were doing. trash cans. bins. >> yes. we're always checking the trash cans. the newspaper boxes. the vehicles, police cars down through here. stage areas. she is trained to detect explosives, only. >> reporter: in other words, they're looking for the signs of a lethal combination law enforcement fears most this week. a crowd, a bad guy, and a bomb. >> what happens if we have crime, or a significant incident, in the midst of 3,000, 4,000, 5,000 people. how do you deal with that? >> reporter: they're among the team of multiple agencies, the fbi, local police, and the military, roaming the streets tonight, sweeping for explosives. biological and chemical weapons. even nuclear ones. all this fact, that despite the
fact, police admit, right now, there's no specific credible threat that any of these things will happen. some people might say, why do this? nothing's going to happen. nothing ever does. but did 9/11 teach us you can't assume that? >> absolutely. you have to be prepared for the unexpected. we have to be on our game 100% of the time. >> reporter: eric rembold's team from customs and border protection, will be circling the stadium in choppers and airplanes all through the game. along with air force f-16s. they're taking the threat from the air seriously because every super bowl since 2005, at least one aircraft has entered the no-fly zone, set up to protect the game. we went up yesterday. an unidentified aircraft has invaded the no-fly zone. >> he's off to our left side about 10:30 or so. >> go ahead and put the sign up in the window. >> reporter: our helicopter puts up a sign to tell the pilot what
radio frequency to dial in to communicate. in this case, the plane follows the pilot's command, get to a nearby airport and land. >> the earlier we intercept them, the earl yes we can identify them, the earlier it all gets resolved. >> reporter: down below, simple, old-fashioned street crime, what could ruin a fan's super bowl experience. muggers, pick-pockets, thugs. on this night, police are out in force. some you see. others, hidden in the crowd. you never know that man or woman standing next to you might be an undercover cop. >> our unit is pretty much on ground zero. >> reporter: we met an undercover officer in the stairwell and were allowed to talk to him after agreeing to alter his voice and not show his face. >> what you have is a meat market for someone who wants to do crime. the pick-pocketers or stickup men. things like that. they go looking for those people. >> reporter: off the street and in the shadows, the oldest profession is under attack. >> we have people coming in and
spending $10,000, $15,000, $20,000, on the event. unfortunately, that tends to bring in prostitution to these kind of events. typically, a lot of escort services. >> reporter: theresa flores was a victim of sex trafficking as a teenager. >> over and over again, until i literally passed out. >> reporter: she and a qadry of volunteers, trying to alert local hotels to the signs of human trafficking. >> i don't want another young girl to have to go through that. to have to lay in that bed and watch another stranger come in. it's horrible. >> reporter: by sunday, all the attention will be here. lucas oil stadium. 70,000 people will fill the stands. another 140,000 will line the streets. a rich target for terrorists and common criminals alike. for that reason, police are using the most technology ever to protect the super bowl. giants x-ray machines scan every vehicle arriving at the stadium.
robots stand ready to disarm bombs. cameras watch every nook and cranny. surveillance cameras at every angle will allow police to see everything going on inside the stadium. and outside, as well. the video is streamed to command centers throughout the area that would have to respond. >> it's really, really important to get ahead of these things. and to actually prevent them before they occur. prepare for the worst. expect the best. >> reporter: that's how law enforcement hopes to win. for "nightline," pierre thomas, abc news, indianapolis. >> super security. thanks to pierre thomas for that. just ahead, the quarterback everyone's talking about. tim tebow. he goes one-on-one with espn's hannah storm. >> why do you think that you're so polarizing? >> i think a little bit has to do with, you know, my faith. whee wheeeeeeeeeeeee! wheeeeeeeeeeee! whee whee wheeeeeeeeeeee-he-he-heeeeee! whee whee wheeeeeeeeeeee!
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"nightline" continues from washington, with terry moran. >> for a lot of people, football is religion. but with his expressions of christian faith, on and off the field, and his breathtaking come-from-behind wins, nfl quarterback tim tebow has single handedly changed the national conversation, about spirituality and sports. tonight, tim tebow goes one-on-one with hannah storm of our sister network, espn. >> thanks, terry. tim tebow may not have led h hi denver broncos to the super bowl this sunday. but that doesn't mean he didn't have an extraordinary year. crossing over from nfl star to cultural phenomenon. today, i had a chance to sit down with him for a wide-ranging interview, about football, family and faith. he's only 24 years old. but in just his second season in
the nfl, tim tebow has become much more than just a football star. he's become a phenomenon. you actually are in car -- >> she was chasing the car. >> reporter: trying to get you to autograph stuff and whatever? he's had some of the most exciting victories. and some think this is why. >> i want to thank the lord jesus christ. >> reporter: tebow is deeply religious. what's the craziest questions you've had? >> there's been some intense ones. >> reporter: like does god decide who wins football games? >> i heard a cool quote one time about abraham lincoln, talking about civil war. whether god was on the union side or wasn't? he said, it's not a matter of whether god's on our side. it's whether we're on god's side. >> reporter: his story is legend. he was born to missionaries in the philippines, the youngest of
five. his mother was ill when pregnant, and told to abort him, but refused. as told in this controversial super bowl ad in 2010. >> i call him my miracle baby. he almost didn't make it into this world. >> reporter: tebow wears his faith on his sleeve. and on the field, where he goes down on one knee and prays at the end of games. a move so well-known, it's become part of our national lexicon. you kneel down. what's now known as tebowing. tell me about that moment. >> well for me, it's a great opportunity on a public platform to get on a knee, and humble myself, and thank the lord for all of the blessings that he has put in my life. i'm pretty sure i'm not the first athlete to get on a knee and pray. but it's something that i do, more for myself than anybody else. >> reporter: it's more of a personal conversation between you and god? >> absolutely. >> reporter: it's a tradition that goes back to his years at the university of florida, where tebow won two national championships and the heisman trophy.
>> i just went to the corner of the end zone. and i got on a knee. i'm a little bit by myself. i've been doing that for the last six or seven years. and i guess this year, it just kind of caught on a little bit more. >> reporter: just a little. it became a phenomenon. >> i heard that the greatest form of flattery is imitation. but just that prayer is being talked about is pretty cool. >> reporter: and people are talking about many things. including the fact that tebow says he is abstaining from sex until marriage. then, there's tebow-hating. a sport within itself. with many people saying football is no place to pos letize. listen to this rant, from comedian john oliver. >> if there was a room with bin laden, and i had a gun with one bullet in it, i'd shoot bin laden. i'm not a monster. but i if i had two bullets, i'd shoot tim tebow first. >> reporter: is there anything that really bothers you? any criticism or nasty comments?
anything that got to you? >> to be honest, not really. no matter what happens, you're always going to have those critics and those haters. and you just have to learn how to deal with that. and i think i have. and accept that. >> reporter: why do you think that you're so polarizing? >> you know, i'm not sure. i think a little bit has to do with me and my faith. but you know, i'm not sure. >> reporter: it also has to do with his football skills. there was talk the broncos might trade him or even cut him before the season because they didn't think he was up to the job. he's not cut out to be a quarterback. you've heard that your whole life. >> i have. and it's been something that, you know, we can laugh about and joke about. but the whole time there has been those obstacles and adversity to overcome. and my dream's to be the quarterback. >> reporter: a dream renewed when the broncos finally gave him his shot. tebow reeled off six-straight victories. four of them, stunning comebacks. in which he seemed to will his team to win.
leaving some to wonder, about the power of prayer. as in this game against the chicago bears in december. ♪ my god is an awesome god >> reporter: i think you were singing a hymn, right? >> possibly. i never got graced with a wonderful voice. so, i try to make a joyful noise. i really don't have a good voice at all. >> reporter: that could be one of your faults. >> reporter: tebow mania reached fever pitch in january. a shocking playoff upset against the pittsburgh steelers. there was a funny coincidence in that you passed for 316 yards. you put a semicolon in there. john 3:16. that was on your eye black in college. >> three years earlier, to the day. >> reporter: very meaningful to you? >> it was meaning for to me. the next day, 90 million people googled that verse. >> reporter: if you look at google searches, you're more popular than jesus. >> i don't think that's a good
thing. >> reporter: although, his popularity has increased 50% since your playoff run on google. >> nice. that's good. >> reporter: at his core, tebow is a man who lives his faith. in addition to his missionary work in the philippines, where he's building a hospital, he regularly spends time with sick children at his games. even after a tough loss to the kansas city chiefs. what about the little kid who was tebowing while chemoing? >> joey norris is his name. and he's a great kid. we lost. and we weren't sure if we were going to make the playoffs. but to be able to put everything into perspective, hanging out with joey before and after the game, especially after the game, after that loss, you still have a kid who's fighting for his life. i can choose to sulk and pity after this loss. or i can choose to make him smile and be a part of his life. and for me to try to invest in him, i know he definitely helped me more than i helped him on that night. >> that kind of interaction is
what tebow says his life is really all about. he just tunes out the critics. and all the hoopla, as well. and focuses on his faith, his teammates, and of course, those kids. terry? >> thanks, hannah. great interview. for more of tim tebow's conversation with hannah and everything you need to know before the start of the super bowl, tune in sunday to a special edition of "sunday nfl countdown," beginning at 10:00 a.m. eastern. next up, the last super bowl story in case your plans involve a cocktail or two. we have a doctor who says he's invented a surefire hangover cure. has never attacked a corkboard. s ♪ give your customers the added feeling of security a printed statement or receipt provides... ...with mail. it's good for your business. ♪ and even better for your customers. ♪ for safe and secure ways to stay connected, visit usps.com/mail
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advice that abc's linsey davis got. >> reporter: if the week nine match-up between the giants and patriots was any indicator, we'll see a pounding on the field sunday. and come monday, that pounding will likely be inside people's heads. waking up to a nasty bout of nausea, battling a blinding headache. hopefully nothing like what the guys in experienced. >> what the [ bleep ] happened last night? >> am i missing a tooth? >> reporter: while no one argues excessive drink canning be harmful, some think the only sure cure for a hangover is time. and then, there's dr. leonard grossman. >> once you have the hangover, you're done. it's at least four hours of your life that's just loss. >> reporter: he says he's created a way to cure hangovers without vinegar, pickles or raw eggs.
it's called bytox. and he says it does for hangovers what dramamine patches do for motion sicknesses. it's like a patch that continuously infuses vitamins into the bloodstream. >> you're washing out everything that's salvageable. >> reporter: he created the patch, after a night out with the boys, he had to call his friend, dr. grossman, for help. >> he administered an i.v., full of vitamins. within ten minutes, i felt great. >> reporter: the headache, the nausea, the dizziness. i sound like i've know firsthand. but if i've had three drinks the night before, i'll wake up tomorrow and feel great? >> absolutely. >> reporter: hangover cures have been around as long as booze. coffee, honey, greasy foods, hair of the dog. now, there's blowfish. not the poisonous puffer fish.
an over-the-counter drug, that promises to upright your hangover. not with fins. but with fizz. what makes blowfish more effective than just aspirin and a cup of coffee? >> well, the thing that's special about it is it's an effervescent. so, for one thing, it forces the suffererers to hydrate. >> reporter: bytox and blowfish are two of a growing list of hangover products, tried and tested by researchers that turn themselves into lab rats. >> i had at least 12 shots of tequila. >> reporter: admittedly, the typical scientific protocols for testing didn't apply. >> i was surprised how great i felt. >> reporter: but the authors of a 2005 study, found no convincing evidence that any conventional remedies can cure a hangover. and dr. grossman doesn't exactly dispute that. >> it's not a cure. it's only a prevention. >> reporter: while the science is debatable, the novelty of